Rousseau did not manage to solve the problem of flying, but the anecdote illustrates his approach to a complex problem. He was curious and more techni- cally inclined than most of his peer philosophers. Faced with the problem of flying, he employed a rational approach to solve it. He analyzed the problem, read technical information, experimented, tinkered, and documented his work. He also became acutely aware of social biases against innovative ideas such as human flight.